Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of December 9th

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

10 days of instruction from now until Christmas Break

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Hustle and Bustle of this Time of Year

I know this time of year personally for all of us brings the hustle and bustle of the season.

In the work place, I need you to be hustling! The quote above states that the dream is free. We all know this year is anchored on One team with one dream! This dream is success for students individually and school wide! Without hustle, we will not reach our dream. We have 10 days left with our students before the break! I need you hustling! Giving it all you have got left! Push hard! Our students are counting on you to make an impression on them, not just with a relationship, but with learning.

Hattie's strategy of reciprocal teaching in every classroom last week was so GREAT! I am so proud of everyone's diligence to this highly effective teaching strategy!

This week and next week the focus is on learning targets. I am leaving these videos below in case you didn't watch them last week. In your lesson plans, make sure you have written something about "Diving Deep into the Learning Targets", "Focus on the Learning Targets" or "Student Ownership" with one or more of these strategies listed pre-flight checklist, red and green, two stars and wish, and Captain's log (found on link below in Global PD). When Mrs. Krogman and I are in your rooms this week and next week, we will look for evidence that students have grasped the concept of what they are learning. This could be found with the learning target dissected on the board like it is on one of the videos, one of the student ownership strategies listed in bold print above, or evidenced by us asking them what is their learning target.

Hattie's Corner: Learning Targets

Learning targets fit under many categories of Hattie's effective strategies. Learning goals yield an effect size of 0.68, student self efficacy 0.92, scaffolding 0.82, and self reporting grades 1.33.

Within the last two weeks of December, make learning targets and/or students as owners of their learning part of your lessons. We will checking lesson plans for these during the last two weeks of December.

Watch the video below for how students use learning targets in class. You can skip to about the one minute mark to hear from a student. There is another video for upper grades with close reading and how to make sure kids know the learning target.

Two great videos to involve students in their learning is on Global PD. If you have forgotten your Global PD login, please let me know.

Students as owners of their own learning - practical strategies described such as pre-flight checklist, red and green, two stars and wish, and Captain's log. (I highly recommend this one.)


Students involved in their learning targets


Learning Targets: See student example at 1 minute mark

Visible Learning Strategies in the Classroom

Learning Targets and Close Reading Strategy for Upper grades

Common Core Literacy Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text

Details for the Week


  • See above about what should be found in this week's plans about learning targets and/or student ownership. Please take pictures of these in action and send to Mrs. Krogman and myself.

  • SIT doc updating - for any students in grades 2 and 3 - needs to be completed by end of day on Friday. All staff working with these students on reading interventions will input a comment. This comment should be focused on decodables, phonics skills, and phonological awareness.

  • MAP and DIBELS Progress Monitoring will pause until after Christmas Break.

  • Make sure you have looked over the emails I sent about assessments that need to take place from now until Christmas break. Let me know if you have questions. On DORF, we will only do retell if it is more than 10 words.

  • MAP testing will take place next week. Make sure you have looked over the schedule Mrs. Krogman sent out.

  • Make sure you are calculating your attendance outside your door each day. You will calculate percentage of students present each day and record it on the chart. If students check out early, you will need to change your percentage. Students must be present all day to count as present. We will collect these percentages up to Dec 18. On Dec 19, you will let students know which class out of their grade had the highest percentage and they will receive their 30 minute celebration (which you as the classroom teachers are choosing). Mrs. Krogman and I will calculate grade level percentages and the winning grade will receive a 30 minute party in the PE building on December 19th! Remember, December is a difficult month to get the kids here, so keep these incentives fresh on their minds.

  • Any Christmas ornament or decorating by students will need to be at a minimum and be creative with the time, such as doing some of it during a rotation center so instruction can continue. I LOVE Christmas and I still hang my children's ornaments on our tree, but I don't need 3-5 ornaments each year. One is a wonderful memory!! If you need help brainstorming ideas to minimize loss of instruction then please visit with Mrs. Krogman and I. You could get a parent volunteer to allow the students to rotate out in hallway while teacher is still instructing!

  • We will not ask parents for money for any craft items or party items. Also, make sure that all food brought for parties are purchased from stores and not homemade.

  • 2nd Nine weeks writing assessments will need to be administered, graded, and entered on the literacy assessment spreadsheet prior to leaving for Christmas break.

  • Spirit Day has been moved to Awards Assembly day to protect instruction time.

  • Make sure you are using your PRIDE board. Mrs. Krogman will be doing a PRIDE blitz this week.

  • Taxi Rides will occur this week

  • Monday

  • PROWL will be normal this week.

  • Be diligent to get your assessments completed this week and next week. Please ask if you have a question. We will need all this data as we wrap up this semester and determine which students need more intensive support or enrichment!

  • 12 Days of Christmas continues this week. You will not want to miss one day this week! Mrs. Krogman and I have fun things in store.

  • Do students know their MAP goals? If you didn't do this last week, do this today.

  • Support Staff Team meeting at 9:30

  • Current student work should be posted outside doors and in classroom by end of day.

  • Literacy Night begins at 6:00 PM.

  • Tuesday

  • During PROWL, listen for special announcements.
  • MAP testing for K-5
  • Wednesday
  • PTO Donut Reward Party from Fall Festival will be in PTO room. Students will go straight there when they arrive to school.
  • MAP testing for K-5
  • Team meetings will occur with grade level teams in 3-5 and regular team meetings K-2.
  • Thursday
  • MAP testing for K-1

  • SIT meets at 1:30

  • PTO meeting at 3:45

  • PAC Meeting (Parent Advisory Council meets following the PTO meeting)

  • Friday
  • Club Day

  • MAP testing for K-1

  • Jeans with a festive shirt or Panther shirt

  • No recess meetings due to the High School play. We will leave the team meeting room open this week to come in and update the MAP reading scores on the wall for K-2. 3-5 update any essential standard data.

  • We will board buses around 12:45 and head over to the high school play that will begin at 1:00. Lunches will be rearranged and we will be sending out a schedule for this. Students will receive a permission form to attend.

Comment from a Community Member about our Friday Facebook Live Video

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Reciprocal Teaching at Eastside

5K Glow Run: Thank you to everyone that volunteered! Way to go Judah and Mr. Hope!

Pre-K Science Experiment

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Eastside Knows How to Party

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Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

On the Horizon Next Week: Fire Drill (TBA), Guiding Coalition meeting (TBA), and New Kids on the Block Meeting (TBA)

Dec 17 - Hour of Code at 9:30 (Mrs. Havens will send out details!)

Dec 17 - Kinder Community Helper Field Trip

Dec 17 - VIP Christmas Night

Dec 18 - Choir Capitol Trip

Dec 18 - 3rd Grade Field Trip

Dec 19 - Awards Assemblies K-2 at 8:15 Spirit Day with K-5 at 9:00 and 3-5 at 9:30, Read as One book passed out and teachers read first chapter in the classroom, and Christmas Party at 2:00

Dec 20 - Staff Meeting 7:40 and Polar Express day/ PJs for $1 and End of 2nd Nine weeks

Dec 21 - Jan 5 - Christmas Break

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Integrity